How to Convert a Pdf to a Tiff File

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If you’ve used PDF extensively, you know how difficult it can be to edit and change it. Luckily, there are different types of conversions that smooth the process. Here’s a guide on how to convert a PDF to a TIFF file.

What Is a PDF?

The PDF stands for Portable Document Format. It is a file type that contains things like text, images, videos and hyperlinks. It is typically the standard format to send professional documents. This is because it restricts editing, cutting down on accidents and changes to the document.

What Is a TIFF?

The TIFF stands for Tagged Image File Format. It’s an Adobe file type that contains high quality images. It’s a raster image that allows for both lossy and lossless compression (meaning it can lose image quality or retain it upon compression). Users who want numerous pages or layers within their project would want to use TIFFs.

The TIFF file icon.
TIFF is an image file format.

How to Convert a PDF to a TIFF

There are a few different ways to convert. First, you could download a third party program and install it on your system. This is only necessary if you don’t have Acrobat installed. This method is best for users with a lot of PDF files they want to convert in bulk. The other method is to use an online converter, such as a browser-based system.

Here’s how to convert directly in Acrobat:

  1. Click File
  2. Select ‘Save as other’
  3. Select ‘image’
  4. Select TIFF

Why Convert a PDF to TIFF?

If your project is heavily image-based and you want to manipulate the images, a TIFF is probably best. The PDF is very tough to edit or change without first switching to another format. Therefore, even if you want to ultimately end up in the PDF format, it makes sense to convert, make changes, then convert back.

A File TIFF icon.
Sometimes you’ll need to convert back from TIFF.

How to Convert Back

Fortunately, converting back is done within Adobe Acrobat. We’ll walk you through the process – it’s quite easy.

  1. In Acrobat, click ‘File’
  2. Click ‘Create PDF from File’
  3. Click ‘Select Files to Convert to PDF’
  4. Locate the TIFF file you wish to convert back

There are a lot of factors that go into converting a PDF to TIFF. Make sure you have a good idea of why you’re converting before you do so. Also, remember that it’s always possible to convert back.

Casey Schmidt – Content Manager and Industry Expert | Canto

Casey Schmidt is a content manager at Canto who enjoys taking complex subjects and making them easy to understand for readers.